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Doylean Sites to See

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Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Conan Doyle Review

Doings of Doyle

The Literary Agents

Edinburgh Conan Doyle Project

Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Toronto Public Library, Arthur Conan Doyle Collection

Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Portsmouth City Libraries

The Best of Sherlock Holmes

Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd.



Doylean Publishers

Belanger Books

Wessex Press

Doylean Honors
Nomination Forms

Fiction & Poetry

Performing & Visual Arts

Scholarly Writing

Doylean Events

2022 September 8 - October 22
"Artist vs. Author"
The Society of Illustrators in NYC

2023 January 5, 11:15 a.m.
ACD Society's Doylean Honors
The Mysterious Bookshop
New York, NY

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Doylean News

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It's Time to Nominate Excellent
"Performing & Visual Arts"
for Doylean Honors

September 9, 2022 — The nomination form for the "Performing & Visual Arts" category of our annual Doylean Honors is online here. (The forms for our other categories — Fiction & Poetry and Scholarly Writing — are here and here.) Please complete forms in as many categories as you like. Tell us whose work deserves recognition at our awards ceremony on January 5 of the 2023 BSI Weekend, at 11:15 a.m. at Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Sir Nigel and Sherlock at the
Society of Illustrators

September 7, 2022 — The Society of Illustrators in NYC is hosting "Artist vs. Author" from September 8 to October 22. The exhibition includes ancient and modern original works by illustrators of ACD: Joseph Clement Coll (Sir Nigel, 1905-1906) and Sergio Martinez (numerous Sherlock stories, 1986-1998). The relevant pages of the catalog are here. Yes, it includes prices, because the Coll and Martinez and works are also for sale. For more information, click the links in this post, or email ( or call (646-261-7038) show manager Zaddick Longenbach.

The Doylean Honors Are Back!
It's Time to Nominate Your Favorite
Fiction, Poetry, and Scholarship

August 24, 2022 — Nomination forms for the "Fiction & Poetry" and "Scholarly Writing" categories of our annual Doylean Honors are now online here and here (and by clicking on the purple and yellow images). Please complete a form (or more than one) to tell the selection committees whose work from 2021 and 2022 deserves recognition at our awards ceremony, scheduled for Thursday (January 5) of the 2023 BSI Weekend, at 11:15 a.m. at Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Doyle Dinos Rule!
"A Common Newsletter" Is in the Mail

August 11, 2022 — The second issue of the second year of our newsletter is en route to members worldwide (and has, we've heard, already arrived in some places). It points to some new respect for an old film based on ACD's "The Lost World" and an architect's vision of ACD's first mansion. There's another page from Margie Deck and Nancy Holder's "Blue John Gap" Project (with an essay by Peter Blau), a reminder that time is running out to register for Jubilee@221B (the conference The Bootmakers of Toronto and The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection are hosting on September 23-25), and, of course, more. Soon an electronic edition will be available for free right here.

Terrifying Update: 4 New Papers and MS Page 2 from the "Blue John Gap" Project

August 7, 2022 — Margie Deck and Nancy Holder have been busy developing and editing new commentary about ACD's classic horror story, "The Terror of Blue John Gap." They've launched the Page 2 portion of their project, with a facsimile (and transcription) of page 2 of ACD's autograph manuscript, accompanied by their own commentary and new essays by Peter E. Blau ("What is Blue John?"), Elinor Gray Howell ("The Victorian Superfluous Woman"), and Peter Adrian Behravesh ("Doyle & 'The Arabian Nights'"). In addition, there is a new paper on Page C by Roberta Pearson ("So the old dog returns to his vomit': 'The Terror of Blue John Gap' and Arthur Conan Doyle's Readers"). Read and relish!

"A Common Newsletter"
Is in the Mail

May 18, 2022 — The first issue of the second year of our newsletter — featuring news about the latest ACD exhibition at the Toronto Public Library (curated by Jessie Amaolo), a page from Margie Deck and Nancy Holder's "Blue John Gap" Project, a tidbit about the Mirankers' "221 Objects" book, and more — is in the mail to members. Soon an electronic edition will be available for free right here.

"The Terror of Blue John Gap" Project
Launched by Deck & Holder

April 18, 2022 — Late last year we announced that Margie Deck and Nancy Holder (pictured above, left and right, with a terrified Dr. James Hardcastle between them) had agreed to co-edit a new annotated edition of ACD's classic horror story, "The Terror of Blue John Gap." Since then, Margie and Nancy have been developing this project in more directions, and in more interesting ways, than we could have imagined. Now they are ready to go public. You can read their introductory essay — Welcome to "The Terror of Blue John Gap" Project & All Our Questions — and a whole lot more at their new website. You can also get there by clicking on the "Terror of Blue John Gap" image at the top right-hand corner of this page. Go! Now! Look for more news (and imagery) about this project in the next issue of A Common Newsletter later this spring. (Photo of Nancy Holder courtesy of Erin Underwood.)

Doylean Honors at
The Mysterious Bookshop in 2023

March 28, 2022 — The ACD Society will return to Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop for its second annual Doylean Honors awards ceremony. The event will take place on the Thursday (January 5) of the 2023 BSI Weekend, at 11:30 a.m. Many thanks to Otto! It is a great honor and pleasure to recognize excellence in Doylean arts, literature, scholarship, and service in such a respectable, enjoyable, and significant place, and in such fine company.

Doylean Honors at
The Mysterious Bookshop

February 18, 2022 — On January 13, 2022, the Doylean-Sherlockian glitterati begin to gather at Otto Penzler’s The Mysterious Bookshop for the ACD Society’s inaugural Doylean Honors awards ceremony. Above, left to right: Otto Penzler, Derrick Belanger, Mike McSwiggin, Les Klinger, Bev Wolov, Tom Horrocks, Brian Belanger, Peter Blau, Ray Betzner, Ross Davies, Don Hobbs, Joe Eckrich, Steve Mason, Jerry Kegley, and Mark Jones. Below: ACD Society committee chairs and awards presenters Derrick Belanger and Monica Schmidt (with cricket jersey in hand) prepare to appear on stage. Photographs courtesy of Christopher Zordan.

Doylean Honors Are in the Mail

February 10, 2022 — Doylean Honors certificates (accompanied by the associated gift credits to The Mysterious Bookshop) are finally in the mail to the honorees. We hope they find suitable locations for proud display. And this seems like an appropriate moment to share the thoughtful acceptance we received from honoree Douglas Kerr.

Watch the Doylean Honors Ceremony
on Doings of Doyle

January 18, 2022 — The Doings of Doyle YouTube channel features a complete recording of our inaugural Doylean Honors ceremony, including  announcements of the honorees: Gretchen Altabef, Stephen Carver, Stephen Gallagher, Daniel Henocq, Douglas Kerr, Bonnie MacBird, Peggy Perdue, Christopher Roden, Shawna Ross, and Barbara Rusch. The formal proceedings begin about four minutes into the recording. Watch all the way to the end to catch Monica Schmidt's pitch (at about 21:07) for The ACD Society's cricket squad! The recording also offers a few nice glimpses of Otto Penzler's The Mysterious Bookshop, which hosted the event.

Arthur Conan Doily

January 17, 2022 — Peggy Perdue has created yet another artistic interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle. This one, titled "Arthur Conan Doily," was introduced to the world in a limited-edition pamphlet distributed to Doyleans who attended the inaugural Doylean Honors ceremony at The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City on January 13. The ACD Society promised (in appropriately fine print appropriately situated at the bottom of the back page of the pamphlet): "An e-version will soon be available on the Society's website at" And here it is! The images above illustrate three important stages in the creation of the Arthur Conan Doily: (1) creation of a grid to guide eye and needle, (2) creation of the Doily itself, and (3) inspection of the Doily.

The Envelope, Please . . .

January 13, 2022 — It is with pleasure, pride, and great respect that we announce our inaugural Doylean Honorees.

For Lifetime Service:

Christopher Roden

For excellence in the "Fiction and Poetry" category:

Gretchen Altabef for the short story in Sir Arthur and the Time Machine Sherlock Holmes: Further Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells Volume Two (Belanger Books)

Stephen Gallagher for the short story The Governess (The Brooligan Press)

Barbara Rusch for the short story The Consulting Detective and the Literary Agent: The Untold Tale (The Sherlock Holmes Society of India website)

For excellence in the "Performing and Visual Arts" category:

Daniel Henocq for ElementStory #08.1–Le chien des Baskerville (the Hound of the Baskervilles) (Youtube)

Bonnie MacBird for Modern Major Super Sleuth (Youtube)

Peggy Perdue for Arthur Conan Doll (Canadian Holmes)

For excellence in the "Scholarly Writing" category:

Stephen Carver for the post Dinosaurs, Disintegration Machines and Talking to the Dead: The Wild World of Professor Challenger (The Wordsworth Blog)

Douglas Kerr for Memories and Adventures by Arthur Conan Doyle (Edinburgh University Press)

Shawna Ross for the article Sightseeing the Anthropocene: tourism, moorland management, and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Nineteenth-Century Contexts)

Congratulations to all! Look for a special Doings of Doyle podcast about the Doylean Honors. Coming soon.

Welcome to the Inaugural
Doylean Honors Ceremony

January 12, 2022 — Please join us tomorrow (Thursday, January 13, at 11:15 a.m. ET) either in person at The Mysterious Bookshop (58 Warren Street, NYC) or online at Doings of Doyle (register for free here) to celebrate excellence in Doylean Fiction and Poetry, Performing and Visual Arts, and Scholarly Writing, and to salute the Lifetime Service of one extraordinary Doylean. See you at the Bookshop or online for the inaugural Doylean Honors!

An Early Welcome to 2022

December 29, 2021 — Society membership cards for 2022 are in the mail and en route to folks whose memberships extend into 2022. We hope you are terrified, and perhaps mystified, by the image on the other side. Happy new year!


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